November 22, 2022
Most of the people working in California are working “at-will”. That means your employer can terminate your employment at any time without cause. Many people who are terminated or laid off then falsely assume that they have no recourse with their former employer. That is not true. There are several ways in which you can be wrongfully terminated in the state of California. If any of the following situations sound familiar to you, you may have been the victim of wrongful termination and you should seek legal council with our law firm immediately.
If you have been terminated in any way that relates to the reasons on this list, you have been wrongfully terminated:
Termination based on your protected class status. There are both federal and state laws in place to protect you from being terminated based on your status within a protected class. At work, you may not be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, national origin, physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, age, sexual orientation, or military/veteran status. If your employment is terminated based on anything on this list, you have been the victim of wrongful termination.
Termination based on retaliation. If you complain about workplace harassment or discrimination and are then terminated, you are likely the victim of retaliation, which is illegal under both state and federal laws.
Termination following a worker’s compensation claim. If you are injured on the job, but are then terminated after filing a worker’s compensation claim then you have been wrongfully terminated.
Essentially, employers cannot discriminate against you based on characteristics you cannot control, nor can they punish you for behaving morally within the workplace. Termination based on any of these attributes is not lawful, and at-will employment does not give your employer carte blanche. Anyone who treats their employees wrongfully deserves to be brought to task with a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been wrongfully terminated, then call us for help and representation. We can help you to stand up to your employer and secure the justice and compensation that you deserve.
Call us today to discuss the details of your termination. We can advise you on the most advantageous next step and represent you in a lawsuit.